“The message that we keep telling them is that last year we were trying to change the culture,” Eagle’s Landing coach Joe Teknipp said. “Let’s be honest; there hasn’t been a culture of winning at Eagle’s Landing so we told them the only thing we could control last year was that season.
“With that said, I told them this year they have a choice — they can either make history or repeat history. There have never been two winning seasons in a row at Eagle’s Landing. So you can make history just like last year’s team or repeat history and after a winning season go back into the tank.”
Led by Bradley Dewberry, Sedrick Palmer and Corey Holloway, who are all playing in college now, the Golden Eagles ended a streak of four miserable seasons with an 8-3 record last year. In addition to making the playoffs, the Golden Eagles’ eight wins were the most in program history.
“We are going to shoot for a winning season,” Teknipp said. “Our goal is to get to the playoffs. A lot of these guys played in that game and got a good taste for it and it still stings.”
Eagle’s Landing lost to Mary Persons 16-14 in the first round of the postseason.
The Golden Eagles have five starters returning on each side of the ball and hoping to build on their recent success.
“It’s a nice mixture of players coming back,” Teknipp said. “Some other guys had some playing experience. They weren’t full-time starters but it’s not like we’re going to be green in six spots. Everybody played a little bit last year.”
Teknipp said his biggest concern is Dewberry’s replacement at quarterback but he is confident in what seniors Aaron Dore, Andy Constant and Akil Alexander will bring to the table.
“It’s definitely going to take some rebuilding but we definitely think we have a solid foundation as a program in place and we’re going to keep building on that,” Teknipp said.